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3 STARS of the Caps vs Rangers GAME

After taking a 2-0 lead, the Capitals saw that lead evaporate in the third period as Jesper Fast tied the game at 2. But, the Caps would not be denied.

Washington netted two goals with less than four minutes remaining in the third to beat the New York Rangers 4-2.

It is weird to think of a six-goal game as a goalie duel, but both netminders were impressive for their respective teams, keeping this one close for 60 minutes.

Here are the three stars of the game.

1. Matt Niskanen

With the game tied at 2 and the all the momentum seemingly with the Rangers, it was Matt Niskanen to the rescue. The Caps defenseman scored his first goal of the season with just 3:32 remaining in regulation to restore Washington's lead. It is a gamble when a defenseman decides to jump into the offensive play. You could easily leave your team short-handed if the opponents get the puck and start a fast break. In this case, Niskanen read the play to perfection and found himself on the doorstep for the tip in.

2. Braden Holtby

The Caps leaned on their netminder, especially in the second period, but Holtby delivered with a fantastic performance. The Rangers made a real push to tie the game in the second with the score 1-0 and Holtby was there to keep the Caps ahead before they finally got their legs under them in the middle frame. He even denied Mats Zuccarello who had a wide-open one-timer from the slot. Washington was outshot 13-8 in the second, but thanks to Holtby, they still led 2-1 after 40 minutes. Had he not been on his game, the Rangers may well have walked away with this one. Instead, Holtby turned aside 27 shots for the win.

3. Tom Wilson

Top-line Tom may be here to stay. When the Caps needed it the most, it wasn't Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom who provided the spark, but Wilson. Wilson assisted on Niskanen's game-winning goal, then showed off his own moves with a goal of his own two minutes later to put the finishing touches on the win for Washington.




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